Lagos wig maker left with injured eye over LASTMA attack demands N500m compensation

Akerele said; “In view of your demands, the agency seeks your cooperation and indulgence to make yourself and your client available for a routine meeting to deliberate on all issues raised for an amicable resolution,”
Festus Ogun, Rejoice Udoh and LASTMA

Festus Ogun, Rejoice Udoh and LASTMA

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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has invited Rejoice Udoh, the wig maker who was injured in the eye by an official of the agency, Kehinde, for an amicable settlement.

The 22-year-old woman was injured during an attack on a commercial minibus she boarded, The PUNCH reports.

A LASTMA official was reported to have smashed the mirror of the bus over a traffic offence, an action that forced splinters of the glasses into the right eye of the victim.

Following the pandemonium that ensued after the incident, Udoh was later rushed to Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba for treatment.

After leaving the hospital, a devastated Udoh demanded that the traffic agency pay her a sum of N500m as compensation for the injuries she sustained.

In a letter to LASTMA, her lawyer, Festus Ogun, said Udoh sustained life-threatening injuries.

“It is our client’s brief that on January 19, 2022, at about 6pm around the Jibowu area of Lagos State, your official, identified as Kehinde Idowu, for unclear reasons, recklessly, unjustifiably and violently broke the side mirror of the bus commuting our client, which immediately led to life-threatening injuries in her right eye.

“Our client’s eye was left bleeding profusely until she was later rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was rejected, given the grievous damage done to her eye by your official, and subsequently referred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, where she is currently receiving treatment.”

Ogun said the “vicious attack” on his client was a violation of her rights.

“Our client has suffered grievous damage, excruciating pain, mental agony, psychological trauma and excessive loss of sleep caused by her hurting eyes – a form of torture under our extant laws – all resulting from the injuries caused her by your official.

The letter added; “In the light of the foregoing, we have our client’s instruction to demand and we hereby demand from you as follows: payment of the sum of N500m as compensation for the arbitrary violation of her fundamental rights,”

The lawyer also demanded sanctions of the official and a written apology to Udoh, which should be published in a national newspaper.

While reacting to the demand made by Udoh in the letter, the traffic agency invited Udoh and her lawyer for a meeting slated for Thursday.

The letter was signed by LASTMA Director of Legal, Kehinde Akerele.

Akerele said; “In view of your demands, the agency seeks your cooperation and indulgence to make yourself and your client available for a routine meeting to deliberate on all issues raised for an amicable resolution,”

During a conversation with The PUNCH, Ogun said his client would honour the invitation, adding that his demands were still valid.

Report states that she was still feeling excruciating pain in her right eye.

Saddened that she had another appointment with her doctor last week Friday, She said; “I am not feeling better at all. The eye is not healing.”

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